Flooring manufacturer staff continue to strike as latest offer rejected

Almost 200 staff at flooring manufacturer Polyflor are to remain on strike after failing to reach an agreement over a continued pay dispute.

Members of the GMB trade union, which represent around a third of Polyflor staff, have been in dispute with the firm, which is part of the James Halstead group, over the latest pay round.

It is understood that Polyflor had tabled its latest offer of a 10% increase in salary from December 2022 to December 2023, but did not include any back pay to cover the last five months from when the pay increase was first requested.

The union, which also revised its demands to a 9% increase in salary alongside a lump sum to cover back pay, has rejected the latest offer, with workers to continue an all-out strike.

This adds to previous strikes from 31 October for a period of two weeks and back in September where staff went on strike for a week from 7 September.

A statement from John Waddington, GMB representative at Polyflor, previously said: “These dedicated workers are suffering from the worst cost of living crisis in a generation, rising interest rates and a crumbling economy. The company is profitable – the least they can do is share this with hard up workers. Workers’ wages have fallen in real terms by 10%. They deserve a decent pay rise.”

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